For me, saying goodbye to 2017 is a



Of course it’s just another day or year

or a date in the calendar but it’s also

a time of reflection, giving you closure

on the year before and making plans

for the next year to be better


If you’ve followed me for years you

will know I’m not a fan of new year

resolutions or the whole ‘new year

new you’


Mainly because you tend to make the

same half @rsed promises to yourself

that sound good, like a wish list, when

you have no intention of putting the

work in to make them happen


All year round


‘I’m going to give up cakes’

‘I’m going to the gym every day’

‘I’m starting a new diet’


Last year I wanted to be more consistent

and I didn’t achieve that but I had other

more important things to deal with and

I’m ready to share


My real goals for 2017 were…

  • Strike off my company Tangerine13
  • Set up my new company Fit Strong Females
  • File for bankruptcy (personally)
  • Give up smoking
  • Give up chocolate
  • Get my mental health back


They weren’t easy and couldn’t be done

overnight, it took a lot of work for each

of them and I was still dealing with a

breakdown from 2016


I also felt like a failure for most of the

year and ashamed but I’ve made peace

with it all now and that’s why I’m saying

goodbye to 2017 with a lot of relief


I also managed to complete the above

and while I don’t feel any kind of pride

I’m pleased I’ve gone through it and I’m

now on the other side


Some of you will have similar stories

  • Dealing with cancer
  • Divorce and break up of relationships
  • Death of friends or relatives
  • Losing your job
  • Losing your mind

These are the real challenges we face in life


Losing weight, toning up and looking

fabulous is also important and of course

that’s the business I’m in and can help you


but I’ll be asking my clients to dig deep to

focus on what they really want in 2018


Want to know mine? It’s ambitious

  • Studio at full capacity
  • Pondering a franchise option
  • 1,000 paid members to online site
  • Publish ten novels I’ve written
  • Publish three fitness books
  • Publish a series of childrens books
  • Become a fitness model in my late 40’s


I feel a little weird saying it out loud and in

public, it’s even a bit scary but having got

through last year, I can get through this


What I want to know from you is, what

struggles did you face in 2017 and what

your hopes are for 2018


Is 2018 going to be your year? What will

you be doing differently, do you have a



I’m genuinely interested so let me know!




p.s. Have a happy new year when it comes




Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at or find more information at 

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